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Police: 4 wounded in shooting during Mardi Gras


In this March 8, 2011 file photo, revelers throw beads from the balcony of the Royal Sonesta Hotel onto crowds on Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras Day festivities in the French Quarter in New Orleans. AP

NEW ORLEANS — Four people were shot on a packed Bourbon Street, sending people running as revelers partied Saturday night amid the countdown to Mardi Gras, police and bystanders said. But the party resumed in force hours later as crowds thronged the iconic French Quarter street following the shooting.

Two males and two females were wounded just before 9:30 p.m. local time, New Orleans police spokesman Frank B. Robertson told The Associated Press. He said one male was in critical condition and had undergone surgery, while the other three were in stable condition. He did not release their ages.

Robertson said detectives were working to identify a suspect and determine a motive. He did not have any other details.

“They’re just piecing together what happened,” he added.

The streets were crawling with bar-hopping throngs taking in the last weekend before Fat Tuesday, the enormous party that engulfs New Orleans each year with parades, gaudy floats and merrymakers tossing trinkets and beads to the crowds.

Bourbon Street street is home to strip clubs, watering holes and second-floor balconies lined by people who throw beads to revelers below each Mardi Gras season. The street often gets so crowded that officers have to control the crowds on horseback.

Patrick Clay, 21, told The Times-Picayune he was standing on the corner of Bourbon Street when suddenly he saw a crowd running and people screaming that there was a shooting.

“Everyone immediately started running and the cops immediately started running toward where people were running from,” Clay said. “I was with a group of about seven people and at that point we all just kind of grasped hands and made our way through the crowd as soon as possible.”

Afterward, police moved in to investigate. Many revelers said they stayed hunkered down in bars and other establishments until police cleared them to move freely.

WWL-TV reported that police had obtained surveillance video from one of the establishments as part of the investigation.

“We don’t know what happened but they shut down the entire block for an hour,” Peter Manabani, an employee at the Rat’s Hole bar, told the AP as loud music thumped in the background. He said the block reopened shortly before midnight and his establishment was again thronged entering the early hours.

Early Sunday there were no signs a shooting had occurred, as revelers had returned to party mode, packing the block anew amid a heavy police presence. Many milled about, wearing beads, drinking and carousing.

“It’s scary. We heard about the shooting in the cab ride down here and almost turned around but it’s our first Mardi Gras and we wanted to be here,” said Ashley Holleran, 19, visiting with a friend from New York.

Laura Gonzalez, 21, said it was also her first Mardi Gras and she spent some time in the Fat Catz Bar nearby as police investigated the shooting. She said the bar quickly locked its doors soon after the shooting and wouldn’t let anyone in or out while police kept the crime scene clear of throngs.

Asked if it was frightening, she responded: “Not really. We were just locked in a bar and we weren’t going to let this one incident wreck our party.”

Parades rolled all day Saturday but none on Bourbon Street because the streets are too narrow. One of the biggest Mardi Gras parades, the Krewe of Endymion, rolled down Canal Street and just skirted Bourbon Street a few hours before the shooting. Typically, once the parades end, partygoers head to the French Quarter.

The lifeblood tourism trade is vital to New Orleans and Mardis Gras is one of the city’s signature events, along with Jazz Fest and major sporting events such as the recent Super Bowl. Yet decades-old problems persist and New Orleans remains plagued by violent crime, including gun violence that soared after Hurricane Katrina clobbered the city in 2005.


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